Aggie fans get to know USU 2017-18 basketball teams

Aggie forward Dwayne Brown Jr. signs a poster for a fan after the 2017 Primetime Madness event.

LOGAN – Aggie fans had their first opportunity to get a look at both the men’s and women’s basketball teams Thursday night. Each team played their own 15-minute scrimmage during the annual Primetime Madness showcase, with other events inbetween.

Men’s head coach Tim Duryea said the main purpose of the event for the players was to get a feel for playing in front of a crowd.

“The lights are on and the referees are out there,” he said. “I think that is the main thing and then you kind of pick up from there.”

Senior Alex Dargenton started the men’s scrimmage with an alley-oop dunk for the white team off a pass from newcomer DeAngelo Isby. Dargenton led all players in three categories with 14 points, five rebounds and a block.

Sophomore guard Sam Merrill added 12 more points for the white team in the 33-21 victory over the blue team. Freshman newcomer Brock Miller led the blue team in scoring with eight points.

“Sam (Merrill) and Alex (Dargenton) showed their experience, having played a lot last year,” Duryea said. “Those guys understand their roles, their system and what they are doing.”

Both sides combined, the men’s team was only 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. Men’s head coach Tim Duryea said he wants the team to be attempting at least 25 3-pointers a game this season.

“There are two lines we’ve got to win,” he said. “That is the free throw line and the three point line. Our guys were trying to play that way tonight.”

Despite trailing 7-2 at the midpoint mark, the women’s blue team – led by Hailey Bassett and Rachel Brewster with seven points each – rallied to beat the white team 22-17. Sky View graduate Lindsey Jensen led the white team with seven points.

Women’s head coach Jerry Finkbeiner said the biggest advantage of having the scrimmage was to be able to play in front of a crowd.

“You can tell everybody was nervous,” he said. “Our first half was really tight, we didn’t hardly score any points. In the second half we opened up. It was a good night.”

Finkbeiner said his team is the fourth youngest in the country going into the season, but has the most returning starting experience in the conference.

“That’s kind of ironic,” he said, “those two stats coming together. It doesn’t happen too often that way.”

Also included in the event were contests involving players and fans and a 3-point contest involving players from both teams. Isby and Miller each made the final round of the 3-point contest and tied. Players signed autographs for the fans after everything was over.

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